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Monday, 01 March 2021 00:00

Cracked Heels During Pregnancy

Many pregnant women notice cracked heels have developed over the course of their pregnancy. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including because of the added weight the heels must endure, hormonal changes, and changes in gait. Patients have found relief when the feet are soaked in warm water, followed by applying a good moisturizer on the entire foot. Having a pedicure performed is an effective method to alleviate cracked heels, which can include using a pumice stone to soften the dry skin. It is important to take proper care of your feet while pregnant, and if you would like additional information on how to achieve this, please consult with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Michael D. Garvin from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 22 February 2021 00:00

What Causes Heel Spurs?

Heel spurs are tiny calcium deposits attached to the heel bone. Heel spurs are fairly common, and most people who have them do not experience any symptoms. In some cases, however, the heel spur can grow and begin to poke the tissues in the heel. This may result in a stabbing pain in the heel, especially while walking. Heel spurs are strongly associated with plantar fasciitis and arch injuries. Other factors that may increase your risk of developing heel spurs include being over the age of 40, having an uneven gait, being overweight, wearing shoes that don’t fit properly, standing for long periods of time, and having flat feet or high arches. For more information about heel spurs, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Dr. Michael D. Garvin from Florida. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our offices located in Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Friday, 19 February 2021 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Monday, 15 February 2021 00:00

Is My Foot Sprained or Broken?

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell the difference between a sprain and a foot fracture. Both injuries have very similar symptoms, including pain, swelling, and bruising. A fracture will often be so painful that you may not be able to walk. Sprains can also make walking difficult, depending on the severity of the injury. At the time that you injure your foot, you may hear a noise. A popping sound can indicate a sprain, while a cracking sound can indicate a fracture. Treatments for the two conditions are different, so it is important to get a proper diagnosis. If you have injured your foot, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Michael D. Garvin from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 08 February 2021 00:00

How Is Sesamoiditis Treated?

Sesamoiditis causes pain in the ball of the foot due to pressure on the sesamoid bones beneath the big toe. This condition is an overuse injury and is common among athletes who participate in activities which put pressure on the ball of the foot such as running, ballet, and basketball. Sesamoiditis is diagnosed through a physical examination. The doctor may also take X-rays of your foot in order to rule out a fracture. When sesamoiditis is diagnosed, treatment is typically conservative. You may be required to rest the affected foot and modify your daily activities and footwear to reduce pressure on the sesamoids. Your doctor may also suggest wearing orthotic inserts in your shoes in order to cushion the foot. If you suspect that you have sesamoiditis, it is recommended that you see a podiatrist for treatment. 

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Dr. Michael D. Garvin of Florida. Our doctor will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Many people who enjoy running have a goal of running in a marathon. Because the feet pound the ground consistently for twenty-six miles on the day of the marathon, in addition to several weeks of training that occurs prior to the marathon, it is important to wear running shoes that fit correctly. It is also important to frequently perform stretching exercises that can benefit the feet. The big toe maintains balance when toe stretches are practiced, and this is helpful in propelling the body forward as you run.  Towel scrunches are an effective way to stretch the toes. These are accomplished by sitting in a chair with a towel under one foot, and grasping the towel with the toes to bring it closer to the body. Since there are many different foot stretches, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist if you would like additional information.

Why Stretching Is Important for Your Feet

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Michael D. Garvin from Florida. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first to determine if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous exercise, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising to ice and rest the foot. It is advised that you then see a podiatrist for help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 25 January 2021 00:00

Diagnosing and Healing Stress Fractures

People who enjoy running and jogging often fear enduring a stress fracture. This is a hairline fracture, a tiny crack in the bone that can gradually develop as a result of repeated force against the bone. Common symptoms of a stress fracture in the foot can include dull pain, mild swelling, and weakness. These symptoms are often ignored, and can become worse if proper healing measures are not implemented. Dedicated runners will often run through the pain, and it may become unbearable to put weight on the affected foot. Stress fractures are generally diagnosed by having an X-ray taken. Once a stress fracture is detected, it is often suggested that you stop running for several weeks. If you have pain in your foot and think that it may be a stress fracture, please consult with a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment options.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Michael D. Garvin from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 20 January 2021 00:00

Arthritis Can Cause Pain in the Feet and Ankles

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Monday, 18 January 2021 00:00

Who Does Sever’s Disease Affect?

Sever’s disease  primarily affects children and young teenagers. The pain that comes from this condition is felt in the heels, as its growth plate is what is often affected. Dur to the heel pain, some may experience difficulty walking. Sever’s disease can develop as a result of frequently participating in running and jumping activities. Additionally, children who have flat feet or high arches may be prone to Sever’s disease. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this ailment include increased heel pain after exercise and stiffness surrounding the affected heel. Mild relief may be found when specific stretches are performed on the heel, as well as wearing custom-made orthotics. If your child partakes in a lot of physical activity and is complaining about heel pain, please consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dr. Michael D. Garvin from Florida. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Monday, 11 January 2021 00:00

Treatments Options for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition in which the plantar fascia, the ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes, becomes inflamed. This leads to heel pain that tends to be at its worst in the morning and immediately after exercising. If you have plantar fasciitis, there are multiple treatment options. It is recommended that you rest the affected foot as much as possible to give it time to heal and to prevent further damage. Applying ice to the foot or taking an over-the-counter pain medication can reduce inflammation and pain. Wearing shoes that fit your feet properly and are supportive, wearing orthotic inserts in your shoes, and stretching the feet regularly can improve symptoms and decrease your likelihood of developing plantar fasciitis in the future. If you think that you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, it is recommended that you see a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Michael D. Garvin  from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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